March 2014 Archives

Wine Tasting Itinerary: Northern Trail through Sonoma County

Be ready for this adventure headed north through Sonoma County. It's a fast paced day to seek out the wonderful flavors of Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and much more!  You can see the winemaking equipment at Arrowood when you drive up to the house. Drink in the artwork at Imagery, as well as their wine. The drive north to Sonoma-Cutrer and Hartford Family Winery is as beautiful as the view from their porches.

Arrowood Vineyard & Winery, 14347 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (707) 935-2600
  • Tasting Fee: $30 Per Couple - Reserve Tasting
  • Time: 10 AM - Allow One Hour
  • Reservations: Not Required
  • Experience: Incredible view from the wrap-around porch of the winery.  This is one of the few tasting rooms where you can buy wines by the glass and relax on the porch. Ask about tasting their small-production Malbec. It is very hard to find.
  • Directions to Next Stop: .2 miles west on Babb Lane toward CA 12. Imagery Estate Winery is at the base of the driveway to Arrowood Winery

Imagery Estate Winery
, 14335 Highway 12, Glen Ellen, CA 95442, (7807) 935-4515
  • Tasting Fee: $20 Per Couple - Taste 5 of their many wines
  • Time: 11 AM - Allow One Hour
  • Experience: Imagery has a true artist feel to it. Each wine label is different and dons a piece of artwork from different artists. The wines are bodies of art as well. Imagery produces lesser known, but fabulous, varietals. Have you ever had a Cinsault or Barbera? You will! There always seems to be a lot of energy in the tasting room. If you have time, play a game of bocce on the gorgeous lawn.
  • Reservations: Not Required
  • Directions to Next Stop: (Allow 6 minutes for travel) R on CA 12 for 5.1 miles, CafĂ© Citti on your L

Napa Valley Film Festival - Buy Your Passes Early!


Napa Valley Film Festival 2013 Sizzle Reel from Napa Valley Film Festival on Vimeo.

It's never too early to start planning a trip to Napa Valley. But with so many fabulous festivals, wine and food events, and parties to choose from this Spring, Summer and Fall - you may be at a loss as to what month to visit. Skip the throngs of tourists and visit during the Fall season. One of the premiere events each November is the Napa Valley Film Festival (November 12-16, 2014). Last year, star-studded films and events filled the 5-day extravaganza that had the likes of Colin Farrell, Diana Agron, Director John Lee Hancock of the movie "Saving Mr. Banks" starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, and many more walking the red Napa red carpet.

nvff_starsWhoAttended2013.jpgNovember 12-16, 2014
While November may seem like it's far off, it pays to buy passes early! Right now through March 31st save ($60-$90) on the Festival Pass and Pass Plus.

Buy a Festival Pass and experience studio sneak previews and the best independent films, culinary demonstrations with world-class chefs, and wine pavilions featuring vintners from across the Valley.

Or upgrade to a Pass Plus to also add access to the swanky Festival Gala, the Celebrity Tribute evening, the  filmmaker Awards Ceremony and Closing Night Wrap Party. Save an additional $30 per pass if you buy four or more. Your friends will thank you in November. And if you are a Napa Valley or Sonoma resident, use the code LOCAL to save an extra 10% per pass.

Visit today to learn more about last year's festival and to purchase passes online.